Darius Slay would like an extension with the Lions

With one year remaining on Detroit Lions cornerback Darius Slay‘s rookie contract, it’s about that time to begin long-term negotiations. According to a source, Slay has approached the Lions about putting together a deal for him to remain in Detroit for the prime of his career.

No salary numbers have been revealed, but with the expanding cap, it’s fair to say he won’t come cheap. His recent transfer of agents to Drew Rosenhaus would suggest he is looking to make some money this off-season.

Slay has progressed every year he has been in the league. He was ranked as the second best CB in the entire NFL by ProFootballFocus last year while consistently shadowing the opponent’s top receiver. Going into his fourth season, most would think he could continue his upward trend and possibly hit the elite status.

The Lions will have a tough decision to make.

Do you pay Slay top 10 corner money this offseason before he peaks, hoping he will continue to develop at the rapid pace he is right now? Or, do you gamble and let him play out his contract next season to truly evaluate his importance/cost ratio to the team. With the second option, the Lions run the risk of him finally being recognized as an elite CB, consequently having to pay him top dollar on the free-agent market or possibly losing him for good.

This judgment call will be a big one for new General Manager, Bob Quinn. If Slay does not settle a new deal this year, it is evident that Quinn feels Teryl Austin’s scheme made Slay what he is, or Slay just significantly overvalues his worth. All in all, if a great player wants to stay in Detroit, lock them up!

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